“The Government Is Hard to Deal With”

Richard J. Orsi

in Sunset Limited

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780520200197
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940864 | DOI:
“The Government Is Hard to Deal With”

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This chapter studies the Truckee-Carson Reclamation Project, which was the first project selected to be built under the National Reclamation Act. It shows the various reclamation services provided by the Southern Pacific—including capital, organization, and technology—to the Trucker-Carson Project and the larger federal reclamation movement. The chapter then considers the cooperation shown in the transfer of information and property from the railroad to the Reclamation Service, before identifying the disagreements that were related to farm settlement, land sales, and water. It is also concerned with the relationship between the Southern Pacific and the U.S. Reclamation Service, including their influence on the inception of federal irrigation and the reasons why they eventually parted ways. The Lake Tahoe controversy and the limitations of federal reclamation in converting Lake Tahoe into an irrigation reservoir are discussed in the final section of the chapter.

Keywords: Reclamation Project; National Reclamation Act; reclamation services; federal reclamation movement; disagreements; U.S. Reclamation Service; federal irrigation; Lake Tahoe controversy

Chapter.  16414 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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